I'll Try Anything Once: Halfway Highlights

I think I may need to actually go to a salon for future hair experiments.
Publish date:
July 5, 2011
hair, i'll try anything once, highlights, halfway highlights

Halfway highlights, more fancily referred to as "ombré highlights," are intentionally grown-out-looking lighter sections of hair that give that "Yeah, my highlights grew out, and I'm leavin' 'em that way" easygoing kind of look famously worn by ladies like Drew Barrymore and Rachel Bilson. I've never really been able to take a stand on this trend. It seems a bit silly to put effort into looking effortless, and yet isn't that what beauty is supposed to be about?

I've had every haircut and colour imaginable over the years so I decided to try this out for my first edition of "I'll Try Anything Once." However, I didn't realize how difficult it would be.

It took me three bleaching sessions to get the look, and even then it was nowhere near as dramatic as the pictures above. What gives? I've used bleach a zillion times over the years and this time it just didn't want to cooperate. The pitfalls of D.I.Y.-ing, I suppose. The third time around, the tips of my hair started to look noticeably lighter than my roots, so I figured I'd leave it at that, seeing as I was super-frustrated from bleaching, rinsing, shampooing and drying three times in one weekend.

Do I like the look? Yeah, sure. I like a mix of tones in my hair to spice things up. Did it really stick to the trend? No, probably not, but I'm not bleaching it a fourth time. Lesson learned: I think I need to (begrudgingly) go to a salon for future hair experiments.

What should I do for my next "I'll Try Anything Once"? I'll do my best to play lab rat and see how your suggestions work. Just don't be like my mom and suggest I shave my eyebrows. 'Cause I won't.